Drive Fall to Red Claws on Second Night of Back-To-Back
PORTLAND, MAINE - The Grand Rapids Drive (13-11) came up short Saturday night as they fell to the Maine Red Claws (15-6) by a final of 100-93. The Drive pushed to make a comeback in the third, turning an 8-point deficit into a 3-point heading into the fourth, but coming off last night's intense matchup with Delaware proved costly in the end.
The Red Claws had a big performance from center Yante Maten, with a total of 22 points, 8 rebounds and 2 steals. Celtics two-way player Tremont Waters tallied up a double-double with 17 points and 14 assists. Kaiser Gates added another double-double for the team with 15 points and 10 rebounds. Other Red Claws in double figures were Celtics two-way player Tacko Fall (14 points, 9 rebounds & 5 blocks), Trey Davis (10 points & 3 assists) and Bryce Brown (10 points & 3 rebounds).
Todd Withers was a bright spot for the Drive tonight, tallying up a team-high 21 points after going 7-13 from the 3-point line. Withers also added 3 rebounds. Pistons two-way player Louis King followed up with 18 points, 6 rebounds and 5 assists. Guard Tra-Deon Hollins got the start as two-way player Jordan Bone was called up with the Pistons tonight in Detroit; Hollins finished with an impressive double-double of 15 points, 10 assists, 4 rebounds and 4 steals. Big man Adam Woodbury added 10 points, 5 rebounds and 3 assists to the mix.
Both teams battled shooting woes early on in the first half that resulted with a 37-34 halftime score in favor of Maine. A 39-33 third quarter for the Drive helped them grab a small lead but Grand Rapids found themselves unable to connect their shots in the fourth. The intensity turned up in the second half for both teams, resulting in the lead changing seven times, with both teams tying the game four times overall. Ultimately, the Red Claws were able to outscore the Drive 30-20 in the fourth by shooting 55% (11-20) from the field compared to 33% (6-18) for the visiting Drive.
The Red Claws will head to Erie to face the BayHawks on January 14. The Drive will complete their three-game road trip by heading to Atlanta to face off with the Skyhawks on January 15. Tip-off for both games is at 7 p.m.
Highlights:Full Game >>> https://bit.ly/2tNAzKG
Box Score >>> http://on.nba.com/35Mbtcp
Todd Withers (21pts, 3reb & 7-13 3PM) >>> https://bit.ly/2TcW5mC
Louis King (18pts, 6reb & 5ast) >>> https://bit.ly/3a3F8Rx
Tra-Deon Hollins (15pts, 10ast, 4reb & 4stl) >>> https://bit.ly/39ZpEOB
Adam Woodbury (10pts, 5reb & 3ast) >>> https://bit.ly/2QOeRzn
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